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B •R •I •E •F •S Paul Glasgow is the new town planner LYONS – Paul Glasgow was recently hired as the new Director of Community Relations and Town Planner. Glasgow is from Ohio, worked in Burlington, Vermont and went to graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He teaches classes in planning at CU Boulder and he lives with his wife and daughter in Boulder. Glasgow has been attending the town board meetings, working with Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen and reporting to the board on issues the board is working on. He even loans pens to journalists if their pens break.
Oskar Blues Gold Rush Bike Rally and Run returns this August LYONS – Oskar Blues Brewery will present the Second Annual Gold Rush Bike Rally and Run in North Boulder Park on Sunday Aug. 27. There are two courses to choose from, a 33-mile or 54-mile course. For more information go to www.bouldergoldrush.com.
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On August 21 a rare total solar eclipse will cross the entire continental United States from northwest to southeast, capturing the attention of millions of people. During this eclipse it will be possible to view the full circle of the Sun’s fiery corona and solar scientists are excited for this rare opportunity to study the corona. Read more in the story on page 4. The photograph above shows a solar eclipse above Antarctica in 2014.
LYONS – The Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) is pleased to announce our 10th annual Community Support granting season. Applications for Community Support Grants are available online now and are due September 8, 2017. These grants are available only once per year and must be applied for at this time. Electronic submissions are required; granting information and applications are available at www.lyonscf.org. In 2016, Community Support Grants totaled over $40,000 and were awarded to 19 individual projects. None of this work would continue without the dedication, inspiration, hard work, and financial supContinue Briefs on Page 4
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A tax on lodging, the 5-acre rule and other issues were topics for the town board By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Review Editor LYONS – Recently several members of the Lyons Town Board discovered that they could legally impose a lodging tax on that industry and at the town board meeting in mid-July the trustees discussed doing just that to bring in more revenues to run the town now that the flood money is slowly coming to an end. A tax on lodging would be an excise tax. No decisions were made at the board meeting, but most likely the tax would be on a per-room, per-night basis, not per person. The cost of $5 per room was floated and the idea of capping the cost at $10 per room was discussed but no details were decided. “I would like to see what our neighbors are charging (for a lodging tax) to make a comparison,” said Trustee Juli Waugh. Since this would be a tax, it does require a vote of the people. The trustees discussed putting the issue on the ballot in April, 2018 which is when the trustees come up for re-election. Town Attorney Marcus McAskin told the trustees that he could put a start date for the tax into the ballot question. The start date of July 1, 2018 was suggested, offering businesses time to make arrangements for the additional costs. “I think we shouldn’t rush it,” said Mayor Connie Sullivan. “I hear general support for it. We need to know if this is going to gener-
ate enough revenue to be worth it.” The board and staff plan to work on the language for the lodging tax ballot question. The 5-acre rule posed more problems for the board and had more sticky issues. The board wants to change the 5-acre rule, which states that the owners of property over 5 acres who seek to annex into the Town of Lyons must take that annexation to a vote of the people, unless the property is owned by the town. According to Mayor Connie Sullivan, this rule has stopped several annexations that would have benefited the town. Several of the Trustees were against the 5-acre rule and wanted to do away with it entirely, and others wanted to modify the rule. All of the Trustees say the rule has some type of greater or lesser obstruction to development. “I have been thinking about the 5-acre rule for about six years now,” said Mayor Sullivan. “I think this came about (5-acre rule) because people do not want to lose the small town character, and I can understand that. I would still like to create something where (the rule is modified) but it does not lose its teeth. I think that zoning should be done with the annexation so people know what they are voting on. The people who would be most affected by this can’t even vote.” She went on to say that there are people in Apple Valley for example, who receive the benefits of some town services but don’t pay for it. Trustee Juli Waugh said she would like to
do away with the 5-acre rule entirely. That idea was also expressed by Trustee Michael Karavas who said, “I would like to do away with it altogether. It detours development.” Mayor Sullivan said. “I would rather go through the ordinance process and have the public hearing where we can learn what people really want. I think now that a lot of people like the protection they have with this rule.” Trustee James Kerr seemed to fall into that camp with the mayor. “I think that people want to vote (on annexation issues) and I would like offer up (the idea that people could) vote on big parcels.” He suggested that the entire Eastern Corridor planning area go to a vote for annexation. Then the town could go about dividing up the parcels and working with developers on commercial and housing developments. The board had no objection to putting an advisory question about the 5-acre rule on the ballot to find out how the townspeople feel about changing or doing away with the 5-acre rule. This could lead to an ordinance that would exempt the Eastern Corridor from the 5-acre rule. In other news, the board heard a report from Josh Kravetz, president of Adventure Fit, the company that put on the Outdoor Games in Lyons, and Kim Mitchell, the Lyons director of community programs and relations. They reported on the results of the Outdoor Games this summer. The board seemed pleased to hear that over 4,000 people attended the games this summer. About $40,000 in sponsorships were sold and 78 percent of the people attending the events said that they would Continue Town on Page 15
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LYONS Have a good time while supporting a good cause By Mark Browning Redstone Review Sign up for the Lyons Lions Club’s annual golf tournament on Monday, August 7 at Lake Valley Golf Club. Or if you don’t play golf, consider sponsoring a hole. Browning The upcoming golf tournament is the Lions Club’s only annual community fundraising event. The Lions Club is involved in a wide variety of projects in the greater Lyons area, including providing scholarships for Lyons Senior High graduates, eye care and eyeglasses for needy area residents, registration services at the 9Heath Fair, Highway 7 cleanup, and support upon request for other local events such as Christmas baskets and LEAF’s Rave to the Grave event. Entry fee for the golf tournament is $110, with partici-
pants encouraged to form foursomes or join their friends in doing so. The tournament is a scramble format with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Hole-in-one contests will be held on all par-three holes, and the Lyons Leo Club, which is sponsored by the Lions Club, will run a putting contest, with the closest putt to the hole winning the kitty. All participants will receive a goody bag, and lunch is included. Fun prizes will also be handed out to lucky players. Contact Ken Cinnamon at 303-823-6925 or 303-7096022 for more tournament information. Area businesses and individuals have generously agreed to sponsor holes at the tournament for $100 per hole. Business signs will be located at the holes and business names will be included in publicity about the tournament. Contact Ron Gosnell at 303-823-6122, Tom Moran at 303-823-6122 or Jerry Tabor at 303-823-6710 about sponsoring a hole.
The Lions Club thanks all the individuals and businesses that have made this tournament a success each year, and encourages anyone who has not attended this fun event before to give it a try.
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Senior Park Ranger, John Freeborn, seriously injured in auto accident Deb Anthony (Lyons Town Clerk) is asking for some help for her stepson who was injured in a terrible auto accident. “My stepson, John Freeborn, was seriously injured in a head-on vehicle crash on June 18. He is Senior Ranger for the Colorado Parks out of Ridgeway Park, Colorado. He was taken by Flight for Life to Grand Junction. He had surgeries on both legs, hips and one foot. He has a broken sternum and ribs.
“One of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff created a gofundme site for him (John Freeborn) as he has a long road to recovery. He will be spending many months in rehab healing then learning to walk again. “John graduated high school in Lyons in 1995, and played on the football team. If you type in gofundme and then search John Freeborn it will come up. Go to https://www.gofundme.com/john-free-
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born-medical-expenses. You can see a photo of John Freeborn on his gofundme page and read about his progress. Thank you for your support,” said Deb Anthony.
LaVern Johnson celebrates her 90 years with a birthday bash By Susan de Castro McCann Redstone Reports LYONS – It is possible that no one has lived in Lyons longer or knows more about Lyons than LaVern M. Johnson. She was born LaVern McConnell on July 23, 1927 and she will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday July 22 with a big bash at the Lyons Elementary School Gym at starting at 6 p.m. Square dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. On her real birthday, July 23, LaVern and the Denver Area Square Dancers will perform on the northwest corner of Coors Field at 11:30 a.m. and the Rockies will play Pittsburgh at 1:10 p.m. Everyone who knows LaVern Johnson knows that she loves square dancing and has been an ardent promotor, enticing many friends and neighbors to square dance. She and her husband started the Red Rock Ramblers. She told me that she met her husband at a square dance and they never stopped dancing. Both LaVern and her future husband were surprised to learn that his name was also LaVerne (with an E). They dated for seven years and were married in 1950. LaVern worked in the insurance business for John Ramey. LaVern got LaVerne to move to Lyons, because she did not want to move. LaVern’s great grandfather started a quarry business with E.S. Lyon, the founder of Lyons. LaVern’s great grandfather was John Reese. The family came to Colorado from Illinois and homesteaded and farmed a large parcel which became Lyons Valley Park housing development. When she and LaVerne had two children, Jerry and Ron, LaVern became interested in creating ball fields for kids and other recreational activities. She became active on the Parks and Recreation Commission where she served for more years than we can count and where she could wrangle and cajole the
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town board to build ball fields and offer recreation for kids and adults. In June the Lyons Town Board re-named the former Meadow Park to LaVern M. Johnson Park to show appreciation for all the work she has done for Lyons. The old school house on High Street, which is now the Redstone Museum, was the school that LaVern went to when she grew up. When she was in her early 20s LaVern started a campaign to save the high school, which the county was going to close because there were not enough kids in the late 1940s. She did save the high school and she never took her eye off the ball, attending school board meetings and making sure that the school would never close in Lyons. In the 1970s she helped to get a bond passed to build a middle / senior high school that opened in 1974. She helped to raise a sales tax to purchase some park land from the railroad after learning that it would be sold to a developer. This was Sandstone Park and led to the purchase of other park land in
town. “We have had to work for everything we got,” she said. Both LaVerne and LaVern fought the proposed Coffintop Dam that was to be built on the South Fork of the St. Vrain River. LaVerne ran for town board in 1982 and became a trustee to stop the Coffintop Dam project. He used to say, “I got on the town board to damn the dam.” The efforts of the Johnsons worked and the dam project was shelved. After LaVern’s husband died in 1997, she ran for the town board and served for three two-year terms. LaVern said she does not think she will run again. She has been the director of the Redstone Museum for many years and collected thousands of items which are now on display at the museum along with photos of LaVern and her high school class. She still attends town board meetings and now has her own special chair. She still advocates for Parks and Recreation and the schools. LaVern has been Lyons’ strongest and longest advocate. She has invited everyone to her birthday party this Saturday at the elementary school gym. Stop by at 6 p.m. and say happy birthday to the lady who helped shape Lyons.
Lyons Volunteers (LoV) was founded just after the 2013 flood and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. LoV has provided thousands of hours of volunteer labor, as well as materials, supplies and services such as debris cleanup and construction dumpsters for the Lyons flood recovery effort. Almost four years after the flood there are still ongoing construction and landscaping projects in the confluence area. LoV appreciates the great financial support it has received from the Lyons Community Foundation, Lifebridge Church, the Town of Lyons and many individual donors. Recently, we had a very successful pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Lyons Good Old Days celebration, thanks to the donation of the food (and cooking) from Oskar Blues and utensils from the River Church and Planet Bluegrass. Flood recovery work in the Lyons area will eventually be complete, but there are still many needs for volunteers and needs for donated supplies and materials to fulfill requests for help in and around Lyons. Besides flood recovery, LoV also helps with community service, neighbor-helping-neighbor projects and community beautification, maintenance and zerowaste projects. But, we couldn’t exist without the support of our wonderful volunteers. If you would like to be part of LoV and find out about how you, or your organization, might help in any of these activities, please join LoV at our website, Lyonsvolunteers.org, or send us an email at lyonsvolunteers @ gmail.com. Also, you can fill out a request for help at our website. Thanks again, Rick Disalvo and your friends at Lyons Volunteers
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MAYOR’S CORNER Is it time to revisit the 5-acre rule vote? By Connie Sullivan, Mayor of Lyons Redstone Review LYONS – The Board of Trustees recently approved an application for annexation of the Sullivan Planet Bluegrass Farm, the first such approval since the ordinance for annexation was amended in 2001 to add the requirement that all annexations over 5 acres must be approved by the voters. To the best of my knowledge, Lyons is the only city or town in Colorado that has such a rule. In 2001, the Town Board added what became known as “the 5-acre rule” to the existing annexation process after receiving a petition to do so from a group of citizens who were concerned that the town was growing too quickly and adding too much residential development. Concern for rapid growth is a valid concern, and the citizens had good intentions for preserving our small town character. Since the board adopted the rule (with a few modifications such as excluding townowned property) there was never a public vote held on the petition. And like any other ordinance adopted by a board, it can be modified through current public process. The way the annexation process currently works is that the party wishing to annex must complete the entire annexation process, and if approved by the board, then refer it to the voters for ratification. This is what we’ve just seen happen with the Planet Bluegrass Farm, which citizens will vote on in August to either approve or
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grams offered in town, but don’t contribute any property tax dollars toward maintaining them. All towns are required to consider their long-term growth boundaries and determine how growth is likely to occur. Lyons has a planning area that is defined and described in the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Boulder County and identifies certain areas as “likely” to be annexed. A public planning process was just completed that describes how the land in our primary planning area might be developed if annexed into the town. The plan can be
A view of the Planet Bluegrass Farm property off of Apple Valley Road. Planet Bluegrass wants the town of Lyons to annex the property and change the zoning. until this year. Even when annexation was desired, as was the case with the Longmont water treatment plant sites in the Eastern Corridor, no one was willing to go through the lengthy and expensive process of annexation to run the risk of being shot down by the voters. The town even went through a period where it was willing to waive tap fees to encourage annexations of properties in the eastern corridor, and only the smaller parcels (less than 5 acres) took advantage of the offer. Why is annexation important or even necessary? Some growth for all cities and towns is expected, and the annexation process ensures the residents that benefit from town services pay an equitable share of the cost. For example, the residents living just outside of Lyons town boundaries enjoy the benefits of the parks and pro-
reviewed on the town website at http://www.townoflyons.com/441/LyonsPrimary-Planning-Area-Master-Plan. The decision to apply for annexation is a voluntary one. Towns can offer incentives where they want annexations to come forward, but no property owner can be forced to annex. Likewise, the decision to approve an annexation is ultimately up to the discretion of the Town Board. There are several reasons why a property owner might have an interest in joining the Town of Lyons. The motivation is often derived from the owner’s interest in pursuing a use for the parcel that is not allowed in rural areas. For example, an owner may want to subdivide a parcel to allow a portion of the property to be developed. Currently, properties in Boulder County cannot be subdivided
unless they are at least 35 acres, whereas the property could be divided if it were located in Lyons. Another reason might be to take advantage of municipal utilities such as sewer and water. At a recent meeting, the board agreed that a review and discussion of the 5-acre rule is worth having. There are several parcels in the Lyons planning area that would consider annexing into the town were the voting requirement less onerous. The rule was designed to limit large residential developments, but it has also limited the town’s ability to eliminate blighted property and has prohibited small developments (2 to 3 acres) because parcels can’t be subdivided in the County. Much of the land around Lyons is already protected by conservation easements and therefore sufficiently protected from being overly developed. The IGA also limits the land uses of certain parcels if they are annexed. Some parcels if annexed could contribute productively to the town without changing the existing character. For example, the marijuana business at the intersection of Highways 66 and 36 is located in the county and does not contribute any sales tax to Lyons. Lyons has no control over that business license, and the business can operate completely outside of the regulations put in place by the board creating a different standard for like-businesses that are in close proximity. Bringing parcels into the town that are currently in the county also gives Lyons more control over what happens on those parcels. If not for a good relationship with Longmont, the water treatment plants recently purchased for the public works site could have been developed without any input from Lyons. Regardless of where the discussion goes regarding the 5-acre vote rule, I am sure the board will proceed cautiously. How the rule might change is yet to be discussed by the board. Any changes to the rule will not be taken lightly, and will include opportunities for input from citizens in the form of public hearings. I agree that the time is right for the discussion having just gone through the annexation process. Regardless of the outcome, I am pleased that the board is willing to have the conversation. As a very experienced and wise trustee often says, “We should never fear the discussion.” There’s a good reason he’s the Mayor Pro Tem.
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Community action in Lyons By Frank Adams Redstone Review LYONS – After the 2013 flood the Williams Ranch, along the St. Vrain River in Apple Valley, was up for sale. Craig Ferguson purchased it as an adjunct to Planet Bluegrass to use for parking, camping, and additional events. To make full use of the 28 acres, Ferguson proposed annexation by the Town of Lyons which would allow more options under Lyons jurisdiction than under Boulder County rules. The first general awareness of the impact on Apple Valley residents came at the Lyons public planning meeting of April 24. At this meeting the staff planner presented the proposed annexation with a rubber stamp approval of every aspect. The Apple Valley residents in attendance were shocked by the adverse effect it would have on our neighborhood as proposed. Through neighbor-to-neighbor discussion and communication via Next Door AppleValleyRoaders website, concerned residents got together and had extensive discussions about it. We organized an attendance at the following Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting to share our concerns, all wearing red symbolizing “stop the annexation.” The BOT listened and postponed both their vote on it and the scheduled town election. With the added time, we concerned residents were able to identify the specific issues we had with the annexation as proposed: traffic, safety, noise, lights, wetlands preservation. We then divided ourselves into four camps: 1. Completely opposed;
2. Delay annexation while more studies are done on its impact; 3. Agree if changes were made on key issues; 4. Support the annexation as presented. The resulting action from this effort was to create many personal emails and contacts with the BOT clearly outlining our concerns. The number one concern was the Apple Valley Road traffic that parking and camping on the south side of the river would create. We also expressed concern about damage to and preservation of the creek wetlands. The proposed amplified music would be very disturbing to much of Apple Valley, especially as it would echo off the canyon walls. The BOT listened. As a result, the proposed annexation agreement is being modified to keep all traffic and camping off the south side of the creek. If annexation is approved, there will be no amplified music at events, and Mr. Ferguson has promised a contribution to the St. Vrain Creek Coalition. With that compromise with Mr. Ferguson, it was agreed by the participating Apple Valley residents not to actively oppose the annexation at the election. Particular thanks to Mayor Connie Sullivan and Mayor Pro Tem Dan Greenberg for their considerable role in retaining the rural nature of Apple Valley. The story will continue when the question is put to a vote by the Lyons residents on August 8. We residents of Apple Valley, while most impacted, do not have a vote as we are not town residents. But this does show that grass roots community action works. On a personal note, after one of the meetings I injured my foot and when asked if I would rather have an injury or Apple Valley traffic, I replied: “I will take my foot injury rather than have a traffic situation killing a walker or biker on our road.”
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INTEREST 2017 solar eclipse has captured the imagination of millions Staff Reports Redstone Review EARTH – On Aug. 21 millions of people will be watching as the earth fades to darkness when the Moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth causing a total solar eclipse. Although eclipses happen regularly, this eclipse is somewhat rare. It will traverse over the entire U.S., traveling from northwest to southeast with a number of cities in the direct pathway of viewing a total solar eclipse. During this eclipse it will be possible to view the full circle of the Sun’s corona, the fiery plumes that surround the Sun, and solar scientists are excited for this rare opportunity to study the corona. A solar eclipse can only occur at New Moon or full Moon, when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun. But not every New Moon or full Moon produces an eclipse. The Moon’s orbit is slightly tilted, and the tilt causes the Moon’s shadow to miss the Earth during most New Moons – about five out of six, in fact. As the Earth-Moon system orbits the Sun throughout the year, the Moon’s orbital tilt changes direction relative to the Sun. Sometimes the up side of the orbit is facing the Sun, and sometimes the down side. Twice a year, for about a month, what’s facing the Sun is the line dividing the up and down sides. This is the line of nodes, the intersection of the Earth-Moon plane and the ecliptic or Earth-Sun plane. A solar eclipse can only occur at a New Moon or full Moon that falls within one of these month-long eclipse seasons. That’s when the Moon is close enough to the ecliptic to actually come between the Earth and the Sun. Many factors have to come together for the eclipse to happen because the plane of the Moon’s orbit is tilted relative to the Earth’s orbital plane. The tilt means that most of the time, the moon appears above or below the sun. For an eclipse to happen, the moon has to be at a “lunar node,” one of two places where the Earth’s and the Moon’s orbits cross. It also has to be a full or New Moon,
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and so in a direct line between the Earth and the sun. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website, in the months prior to the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse the Moon’s orbit around the Earth has tilted to form the correct angle for the eclipse. Viewed from above, the Moon’s shadow appears to cross the Earth every month, but a side view
reveals the five-degree tilt of the Moon’s orbit. Its shadow only hits the Earth when the line of nodes, the fulcrum of its orbital tilt, is pointed toward the Sun. According to NASA the radial grid on the lunar orbit plane is stationary relative to the stars. It appears to rotate because our point of view is fixed to the Earth-Sun line; we’re following the Earth as it orbits the Sun. At first glance, the line of nodes appears to be tracking with the grid, but in reality it’s slowly turning westward (clockwise), completing a full revolution in 18.6 years. While eclipses are fairly common – they happen about once a year, sometimes more – they often can only be viewed in remote areas or over water. This will be the first total solar eclipse that has been visible in the continental United States since 1979, and it’s the first to cross the country coast to coast in 99 years. Throughout the
Parks and Rec Sandstone Concert Series and Parade of Lights, the Lyons Film Festival, the Lyons Leos youth service organization, Lyons Volunteers, and the Lyons Historical Society. A complete list is available on our website.
Vacation Bible School LYONS – Vacation Bible School will be held at Lyons Community Church, 350 Main St. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 24 to 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. VBS is open to kids in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and for youth helpers. Invite your friends to join us for this fun-filled week. The cost is $25 per child or $40 per family; scholarships are available. Registration
country, universities, parks, farms, museums, hotels and other venues are hosting festivals and viewing parties to celebrate the phenomenon. The August eclipse is especially exciting for people in the United States because this country will be the only place where something called the “path of totality” can be seen. That’s where the Moon will completely cover the Sun, casting the land in darkness. That path is within a day’s driving distance for millions of people. The path of totality will pass over 14 states, starting in the morning on the coast of Oregon, near Newport, at 10:15 a.m. Pacific daylight time, with the shadow leaving American soil via McClellanville, S.C., at 2:49 p.m., Eastern daylight time. In between, it will cross cities in Oregon, Idaho, a sliver of Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, a sliver of Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Darkness will last anywhere from a few MAP: NASA seconds to two minutes 41 seconds, depending on the location. Wherever you are, never look directly at the sun unless you are within the path of totality and it is completely covered by the moon. It is recommended that you purchase a pair of eclipse glasses made by one of four companies: Lunt Solar Systems, Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, and Thousand Oaks Optical. Special eclipse-viewing goggles block out the most harmful rays, but you can make a makeshift pinhole projector. Punch a tiny hole in a sheet of card and look at the shadow it casts. Where the hole is, there will be a projection of the eclipse that is perfectly safe to look at. Even better you can use a colander. Each hole will cast its own projection, producing an eclipse montage. To learn more about the eclipse and events surrounding it, visit NASA’s eclipse page at eclipse2017.nasa.gov.
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Lyons Red Rock Ramblers’ 59th season and LaVern Johnson’s Birthday Celebration LYONS – The Lyons Red Rock Ramblers are celebrating their 59th season with a dance every Saturday through Labor Day. Participants need to be experienced in modern Western square dancing. The club has top-notch cuers and callers each week that attract people from across Colorado. The dance is at 7:15 p.m. with rounds at 7:30 p.m.
and squares at 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at the Lyons Elementary School Gym, Fourth and Stickney Streets. Congratulate square dance club founder and Lyons historian LaVern Johnson on her 90th birthday on Saturday, July 22. Everyone is invited to stop by. There will be an open house at Lyons Elementary from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and another opportunity at 9 p.m. Join her friends for a roast at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 23, everyone is also invited to join the Lyons group at the regional square dancers event at a Rockies game for only $10 seats in the lower section. Contact LaVern Johnson at email@example.com for more information or a schedule. Continue Briefs on Page 7
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OPTIONS Colorado Rep. Singer visits Greenwood Wildlife By Jenny Bryant Redstone Review LONGMONT – Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer stopped by Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center this month to take a tour of the facility and learn more about the operations of a Bryant working wildlife hospital. “Wildlife rehabilitation has been around for decades, but many people are still unfamiliar with it,” said Linda Tyler, Executive Director. “We welcome any opportunity to enlighten our elected officials on how we help the public with animals in need, offer education regarding living humanely with wildlife, and contribute to the safety of our community.” The number of wildlife rehabilitation centers across the state of Colorado has been declining for the last five years, largely due to a lack of funding. Rep. Singer discovered more about how Greenwood has kept its doors open and what Greenwood will need in the future to help more wildlife rehabilitators stay in operation. People often assume that wildlife rehabilitators and
rehabilitation facilities receive federal funding, but that’s usually not the case. Additionally, any funding received from public organizations often isn’t significant enough to keep an operation running. For example, Greenwood’s only public contracts are with the city of Longmont, the city of Boulder and the county of Boulder, but those contracts accounted for just 6 percent of the facility’s operational funding last year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the regulatory agency that oversees wildlife rehabilitators in the state, will be setting aside a percentage of money from its Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Cash Fund, which rehabilitators can then apply for, in the future. But, that is still only one piece of the solution to keeping wildlife rehabilitators in operation. Greenwood cared for more than 3,400 wild animals last year. They came from as far south as Colorado Springs and as far north as the Wyoming border. As our communities continue to expand into wild spaces, and disrupt the ecosystems that wild animals call home, the need for wildlife rehabilitation services is only going to increase. “Until we have more wildlife rehabilitators up and running, Greenwood will continue to care for as many animals as possible from across the region,” said Tyler.
LEAF Volunteer Changes By Kate Kerr Redstone Review LYONS – A huge thank you to two longtime Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) volunteers, Pat Journeay and Peter Maves, who have recently moved on to new volunteer positions. Pat Journeay – Journeay volunteered with the Lyons Food Pantry. A Lyons resident for over 30 years, about seven years ago, she was serving on the Lyons Community Foundation Board when she was asked to consider volunteering with the newly created food pantry. Her Spanish language skills were especially needed. At the pantry, she found a unique way to connect with folks in our community from all backgrounds. Journeay says she has continually been amazed by Lyons’ vibrant community of dedicated volunteers. For example, for the Lyons Food Pantry, many hours are logged each week by a team of volunteers collecting, organizing and storing the food, which is offered to clients each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Recently Pat and her husband, Bruce, moved to Longmont but their roots in Lyons run deep. They will be back for book club, music events and more. Their home in Lyons was sold to an Apple Valley family who lost their home in the flood. Pat’s newest volunteer roles involve housing a Chinese exchange student for five weeks as well as mentoring a youngster for at least a year through the “I Have A Dream” Foundation. Pat can also be found at rubber
Longtime LEAF volunteers Pat Journeay and Peter Maves. stamping workshops at the Longmont Senior Center. Peter Maves – Maves recently retired from the LEAF Board of Directors where he served as Treasurer. He has played an instrumental role in the evolution of the LEAF program. Over the years, as a clinical psychologist he has served on a number of boards. About seven years ago, Maves was asked to join the board for the newly created Basic Needs and Emergency Fund and Food Pantry started as a mission of the Lyons Community Church. Much of its funding came from the Lyons Community Foundation (LCF). After the September 2013 flood, Maves became part of the “Rebuild Lyons” Board which raised $1 million dollars in a month to assist Lyons’ residents with immediate financial needs. After Rebuild closed, grants continued to be awarded and the needs in the community were greater than ever. It
Left to right: Linda Tyler, Greenwood Executive Director; Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer; Susan Boucher, Representative Aide. Singer visited Greenwood to better understand the workings and needs of a wildlife hospital. Jenny Bryant is the Communications and Development Manager for Greenwood Wildlife Sanctuary on Colorado Highway 66 in Longmont. became clear that the community needed a formal emergency assistance organization with non-profit status. Maves is retiring now because his three main goals for LEAF have been achieved. He wanted LEAF to become its own entity with: 1. A firm, solid direction 2. A focused, committed Board and 3. Non-profit status and financial stability. Of all the boards Maves has served on over the years, he says LEAF has been the most remarkable. He says, “The competency, talent and generosity of individuals in Lyons and on the LEAF Board is staggering.” Maves still volunteers with LEAF. He was most recently seen expertly flipping pancakes and sausages at a LEAF breakfast. (He comes by these skills honestly as he worked his way through college as a short-order cook.) He is also seen around town playing guitar and singing with the Complete Unknowns band. Thank you again, Pat Journeay and Peter Maves, for being two of so many incredible volunteers who make a “staggering” difference for the Lyons community. LEAF offers a human services safety net to those in need in the greater Lyons area. Services include Meals On Wheels, Basic Needs and Resource Matching, and the Lyons Food Pantry open Wednesdays 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 350 Main St. (Lyons Community Church). Donations of food and household products are accepted 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To contact LEAF, call 720-864-4309 or email email@example.com. Kate Kerr moved from Virginia to Lyons with her husband, Jim, partly to live near their daughter in Boulder – who got two temporary housemates during the flood evacuation. She enjoys playing fiddle, quilting, yoga, Nia, hiking and shopping local. She is a member of the Lyons Depot Library Advisory Board.
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ECOLOGY Beavers shape the land By Greg Lowell Redstone Review LYONS – The sticks and mud dam impounded a pond no deeper than a child’s play pool. Here in the nearly dry St. Vrain River, four months after the September 2013 flood, a beaver was trying to impose his will on the ruined landscape. The animal, most likely an exiled resident of the destroyed McConnell ponds in Lyons, responded to the loss of its home in the instinctual manner of all of these oversized rodents – find running water and build a dam. Too often we use anthropomorphic terms to describe animals and with the beaver that’s easy to do: they are often called “nature’s engineers” and are described as “industrious.” And who has not used the term “busy as a beaver?” The large rodents (45 to 60 pounds) have a single mindedness in damming streams and felling trees. But the fact is they are only responding to natural urges to create ponds for their homes and gather food. Beavers are generally divided into two types: those that live in lodges of sticks and mud in their created ponds and those that live in excavated homes along large rivers and lakes – so-called “bank beavers.” A pair of beavers will produce three to five young each year, which will eventually leave to establish their own homes. Beavers generally live four to five years and are preyed on by bears, mountain lions and bobcats. The occasional outbreak of tularemia can also destroy entire colonies up and down a river drainage. Changing the landscape Aside from humans, no creature has a greater ability to affect a landscape. To the good, they create rich wetlands, make open meadows in the woods and provide unparalleled wildlife habitat. Beaver ponds store water and prevent erosion and flooding. The ponds provide habitat for fish, amphibians and birds. The constant cutting and regrowth of brush and trees along a beaver pond’s fringe provide food and shelter for birds, mammals and amphibians. Eventually, a beaver pond will silt in, the beavers will outgrow the available food and the pond will be abandoned. In its place a meadow will grow on the rich silt left behind and a vibrant meadow of grasses, brush and trees will take its place. On the flip side, beavers can flood agricultural fields and residential property and cut down desirable trees.
One reason beaver numbers are reduced along the Front Range is their extirpation as nuisances to agriculture. Long before humans arrived in North America, beavers flourished, including a Pleistocene Age version that was as big as a small automobile. Native Americans used beaver for both food and for their hides, but it wasn’t until European explorers and settlers arrived that the fortunes of the prolific rodent took a turn for the worse.
along the Front Range, the riparian habitats they need have largely been usurped by agriculture. Where they do exist, they are many times in conflict with humans through their penchant for flooding property, damming irrigation ditches and damaging trees. Beaver harvest is regulated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The last accurate data showed trappers took 1147 animals in the 2012–2013 season. Harvest numbers
Hats spelled demise Long recognized by European haberdashers for their value in creating felt for stylish hats, beaver pelts were becoming rare in the 1700s as the animals were trapped near to extinction in the Old World. But as colonies were established in the New World, the exploitation of North American beavers began in earnest. French, Dutch and English established trading companies. Steel traps and guns, combined with Native Americans’ knowledge and their willingness to trade, spelled near doom for North American beavers. Fortunes were made on the unsustainable harvest of beavers and by the mid1800s, beavers were on the brink of extinction. Fortunately, the popularity of the beaver hat declined when silk hats became the latest fashion rage, and the beaver populations began a slow rebound. Yet even today it is estimated that beavers occupy only 10 to 20 percent of their ancestral range. Colorado beavers Here in Colorado, beavers are mostly found in the high country. While an occasional beaver may be found
have been declining not necessarily because the numbers of animals has declined, but because fewer people are trapping – a trend seen across the United States. Colorado residents have come to recognize the value of these animals for their creation of wildlife habitat and water storage. In fact, beavers are being introduced in some areas like South Park where they are used to improve fish habitat and raise the water table for ranchers and farmers. A 2003 Washington state study found that streams with beaver ponds produced 60 percent more fish than those without beavers. The ponds boost insect populations and vegetation and provide flood control, keeping woody debris from being washed away. Gone are the days when a beaver was only recognized as a source of hat material. Instead, we now realize its great value as a creator of healthy habitat for fish and wildlife. Greg Lowell is a member of Lyons Ecology Advisory Board and has been involved with land conservation issues for more than 25 years. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and now lives in Lyons.
Wool Day at the Farmette By Grant Hamil Redstone Review LYONS – Living in Boulder County, it’s impossible to ignore the dedication many in our community have towards the local foods movement. These locavores seek produce, meat and honey from nearby farmers to minimize their impact on the environment and to support their surrounding community. However, we often overlook opportunities to apply this local mindset to the things we wear, not just the things we eat. Join us to craft your own clothes and hats from locally raised wool. It’s as hyperlocal as you can get! Sunday, July 23, will be the celebration of all things fiber at the annual Wool Day retreat, an event that has been hosted by the Lyons Farmette since 2013. Nestled beside the creek, in the shade of the cottonwood trees, fiber enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn various wool-related crafting techniques from renowned instructors, with both morning and afternoon class offerings. Participants will dine together for a unique and delicious farm-to-table lunch, catered by the incomparable Sugar Pine team, and featuring seasonally-available
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vegetables and flowers from the Farmette gardens. Experienced participants with a love of knitting and craft, as well as beginners interested in learning more about alpacas and fiber, will find the relaxing environment offered by the Farmette to be rewarding and enter-
taining. Choose from the classes listed below, taught by experienced instructors. Dyeing: Learn two different techniques for dyeing yarn in one fun class! Instructor Sunne Meyer of Craftsy will be teaching techniques to dye trendy speckle yarn using acid dyes. Jaime Jennings, co-owner of Fancy Tiger Crafts, will teach you how to create and use a natural indigo bath dye as well as techniques for Shibori dyeing with indigo. The $20 materials fee includes two skeins of sock yarn to dye. Cable Hat Class: Ready to add new texture to your knitting? Learn to knit cables with instructor Louise Fordyce, using knit and purl stitches. This class will focus on a simple rope cable. First practice on a cable swatch, and then use the new technique to knit a cabled hat in the round. Skills needed include knit / purl stitches plus casting on and off and the lesson is suitable for beyond beginner to intermediate knitters. A cable needle is included with class. See full materials list on the Farmette website. Tunisian Crochet: Wynne Reynolds, of Fancy Tiger Crafts, will be teaching this little known fiber art. A blend of knitting and crochet, Tunisian crochet uses its own special hook to create a dense fabric that is perfect for wash cloths and blankets. We’ll be making a cotton wash cloth in the beautiful honeycomb stitch. The $20 Continue Wool on Page 14
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INSIGHT Animals and us By John Gierach Redstone Review LYONS – We got a phone message the other day from a woman with a sad story. It seems that her family has to move and, Gierach for unexplained reasons, they can’t take their cat with them, so they’re trying to give it away. The woman went on to say that a mutual friend told her we were nice people who loved animals and she wondered if we’d be interested in taking the cat. She added, “She’s a really sweet little kitty.” I’m sure she is a sweet little kitty – most are, given half a chance – but I also know that when someone is trying to give you a cat, they’re unlikely to describe it as “the spawn of Satan.” Anyway, I wished her luck. It’s just that people who love animals usually have all they need already. A new animal is always a pig in a poke – so to speak – and although it’s not quite the same as adopting a child, you do accept the lifetime commitment for better or worse. A friend once gave me a cat because he wasn’t supposed to have pets in his apartment; the nosy landlord had discovered the cat and my friend was about to be evicted. He said I was his last hope. If I didn’t take the cat, she’d have to go to the pound. Okay, fine. At the time I had room for another cat, but my friend had neglected to tell me this one was pregnant. I learned about it a few days after I got her. I was gently rubbing her fat tummy (which she liked) and felt little paws and faces moving around in there. Five cats for the price of one. What a deal! Of course I kept the cat, along with one of her kittens who lived to the ripe age of 18, and I wouldn’t have traded either of them for anything. I’ve never really liked the word “pet” to describe the dogs and cats that have lived with me over the years, but can’t think of anything I prefer. “Dumb friend” is worse. “Companion animal” is more descriptive, but cumbersome. It’s a useful, distinction, though. A pet
is usually understood to be an animal we keep for no other reason than to have it around. It lives in the house and probably sleeps on the couch, it has a name and in the strictest sense it has no practical use. This is theoretically different from a working animal. A hunting dog is there to hunt. A barn cat is there to keep the mice under control. A saddle horse is there to be ridden. But then the actual boundaries of affection aren’t always that clearly drawn. I’ve known some people who kept their hunting dogs outside in kennels and thought of them only as servants, but most of the hunting dogs I’ve known – including all of the best – lived in the house and either doubled as pets or were pets first and hunters second. For that matter, plenty of farmers bring bowls of milk to their barn cats and spend a few minutes petting them before starting their chores, and I’ve seen horsemen having intimate conversations with their mounts that had nothing to do with work. There are even some – usually men – who will gruffly claim that the family dog isn’t a pet at all, but a watchdog. Well, maybe, but as science writer David Quammen once said, “No one really needs a burglar alarm that gives off 50 false alarms a day.” Livestock seems to be a different matter, since it’s supposedly there for purely economic reasons, but as a friend from Montana said of the ranchers he knows, “Some of these old boys will spend more money doctoring a sick calf than it’ll ever be worth at auction.” And when I kept a small flock of chickens for eggs, meat and fly-tying feathers, I didn’t give them names and never thought of them as cuddly, but there was this one little hen that liked me to stroke her throat. It became a kind of transaction: if I didn’t give her a
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few affectionate rubs, she’d peck me when I tried to take her egg. But there’s no obfuscation when it comes to pets. We just like them and have convinced ourselves that they like us, although our motives may be different. I like my cats for their honesty, simplicity and grace, for their uncomplicated company and for the affection that passes between us. They like me because I provide food, shelter, comfort and a couple of massages a day. We’ve all had people like that in our lives and we tend to be mistrustful of
them. You know: “I haven’t heard from so-and-so in a while.” “Oh, you’ll hear from him as soon as he needs something from you.” But somehow the same behavior from a dog or cat seems charming. I know, I’m selling the relationship short. I’ve had animals for most of my life and in every case I’ve loved them – sometimes in spite of their many flaws – and was convinced that they loved me in spite of my flaws. I just can’t prove it. Still, although we’re of separate species, the differences between us are only matters of degree because we’re on the same evolutionary curve with everything that’s alive. Genetically, humans are all but
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LCF would welcome new members to serve on the Grants Review Committee LYONS – The Lyons Community Foundation welcomes the participation of community members who wish to serve on the Grants Review Committee, which is separate from LCF’s Advisory Board. Being a grant reviewer is a great way to learn about some of the exciting efforts going on in Lyons, and aid in the LCF granting process. Applications to serve on the Grants Review Committee are available at www.lyonscf.org and must be submitted by September 5, 2017. We are a community funded organization and are proud to support projects and programs that enrich life in Lyons. We
indistinguishable from chimpanzees; at one point or another in their development, our fetuses have both gills and tails; the salty taste of our blood is residual seawater. It’s not that animals have human emotions. It’s more like our emotions evolved from theirs, so there’s a recognizable common thread. I think it’s significant that the most popular pets by far – dogs and cats – are both mammalian predators like us. (Even vegetarians crave protein and have vestigial canine teeth.) Some other animals strike me more as exhibits than pets. I mean, I’ve liked all the frogs, turtles, snakes and lizards I’ve met in peoples’ homes, but I could never quite generate what you’d call an emotional connection with them. Birds can seem to come close, but they miss the mark for me. They’re pretty and pleasant and those that talk can seem freakishly human, even though they’re almost surely just mimicking noise. But then a falconer once told me, “Don’t ever start thinking that your hawk likes you. At best, he tolerates you because you’re of some use to him.” No offense to their owners, but hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and such leave me cold. The same goes for rabbits. They’re cute enough, but I don’t sense much going on behind their beady little eyes. I’ve met pet raccoons, skunks, red foxes and squirrels. None of them seemed entirely tame, although I probably would have gotten used to them over time. I read a newspaper story once about a man with a pet porcupine. To the obvious question of how you pet a porcupine, he said, “Carefully, and always with the grain.” I’ve always stuck with dogs and cats. I understand them and their skill as domestic animals is to understand me. We may not be able to love each other in exactly the same way, but for thousands of years now it’s been good enough.
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Annual Sandstone Summer Concert Series continues in Sandstone Park Throughout the summer, the Raul Vasquez Community Stage hosts the Sandstone Summer Concert Series every Thursday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Named after local business owner, Raul Vasquez, who donated the stone for the facility (as well as stone for many of Lyons other park facilities), the stage provides Lyons a visible location for its multitude of talented local and frequenting featured guests. Continue Briefs on Page 8
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By LaVern Johnson Redstone Review
Colorado wildlife, old-time transportation and tall tales come alive at Lyons History Summer Camp By Kathleen Spring Redstone Review
tales, excursion trains, and the formation of a kayak white water run. The campers will take in Lyons’ history by means of a treasure hunt through the Lyons Museum’s LYONS – The numbers of settlers fascinating artifacts, and a short, fun play will be perincreased in the Lyons area in the late formed at week’s end. This year’s themes include the 1800s, to the point where hunting and Meadow / LaVern Johnson Park’s history, going back to clearing of lands for farming nearly 1874 when the old swimming hole was formed, by accicaused extinction of the local fish, bear dent. The final day of camp, the family will be invited to Spring and elk populations. Later, the introduc- enjoy a special program by the kids. tion of cars, trucks, and trains expanded the territory that Each day at camp will start with an exploration of histowas being homesteaded and quarried. Children attending ry, including illustrations or antiques to fit the subject. the 2017 Lyons History Summer Camp will learn about Next, kids will create a page in their large interactive scrapthe types of wildlife that originally lived in the Lyons book, which will include graphics, stickers, coloring, maps, area, and how they are faring today. and more to enhance and preserve the day’s lesson. Then Lyons’ history camp will also include activities on tall kids will enjoy a light healthy lunch. And, lastly, kids will create a quality craft correlated to the lesson. This year’s crafts involve trains, wildlife, sandstone and antique cars. This is the eighth year of the popular camp. It will take place July 31 to August 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. The camp is open to Lyons-area kids ages six to ten years old for a fee of $50. Lyons Automotive, whose support enables the low camp fee, will sponsor the camp this year. Deadline to sign up is July 21. Parents should call the Lyons Redstone Museum and speak to me, Kathleen Spring, the camp director. For more details call 303-823-5271. The camp director is in need of a volunteer, fun-loving assistant for all or PRANCING BIG HORN LAMB PHOTO BY SHAUN WILSEY part of the week.
History Talks from the Redstone Museum By Monique Sawyer Lang and Kathleen Spring Redstone Review LYONS – On July 25 the Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High St., will begin a series of free programs on Lyons history, to take place the second and fourth Tuesdays of July, August, and September. Sherman Bohn Program, Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 432 Fifth Ave. The first program in the series will be on Sherman Bohn and be presented by his granddaughter Julie (Bohn) Wechsler and family. Sherman Bohn was the town electrician, Mayor, board member and friend to all, for whom Bohn Park was named. As town electrician, Bohn and his family once lived in the electric generator building, now Town Hall. The Fight to Stop Coffintop Dam, August 8, at the Redstone Museum. Museum doors open at 5:30 p.m.; talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. When the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water District proposed building the almost 400ft. Coffintop Dam for water storage up the South St. Vrain Canyon and one-half mile from Lyons Middle / Senior High School in the early 1980s, the citizens of Lyons fought back. Why were the citizens opposed to the
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Performers this summer include Masontown on July 20; Bonnie and Her Clydes on July 27; the Blue Canyon Boys on August 3; and the Billy Shaddox Band on August 10, to end the series.
Chest freezer for sale LYONS – A handy-sized chest freezer, 40 inches long; 21.5 inches wide; 32 inches deep is for sale. It works really well and costs $50. For more information, call 303-823-9329.
Goodwill Fund Grant LYONS – The Town of Lyons Goodwill Fund Grant has been extended through the end of July.For the 2017 grant cycle, $8,000 total is available for the Goodwill Fund. All funds will be dis-
project and what were the possible effects on the Lyons area, and predictions for stability of the dam in the event of a “1,000 year flood?” Hear from members of the Dam Concerned Citizens group about how they took on the water district and others to keep it from happening. Lyons Oral History, DVDs available for viewing at the Museum. The oral history of approximately 60 Lyons pioneer families has been gathered over a 13-year period by Lyons History Video Project (LHVP). Director Kathleen Spring has placed a set of approximately 30 interviews of key Lyons pioneers in the Lyons Redstone Museum. Locals can view them in the museum during normal business hours. Most are from one to two hours long. They tell the tales of past mayors, sandstone quarry hardships and inventions, school teachers, lodging owners, original farmers, and more. Although several of the participants have passed away, their names are still known in town for the richness they brought to Lyons. Donations are needed to complete the final six interviews of Lyons old-time families and can be sent to Lyons History Video Project, P. O. Box 274, Lyons 80540. The Redstone Museum, 430 High St., is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except Sundays, when it opens at 12:30 p.m.
tributed to nonprofit organizations. For more information contact the Human Services and Aging Commission at the Lyons Town Hall, 303-823-6622.
RTD Bus Service ”Y” Update LYONS – RTD just published its new bus timetables and the biggest impact is that one of the midday services has been removed from the Lyons-Boulder “Y” route. The southbound trip at 1:02 p.m. and the northbound trip at 12 p.m. have been discontinued due to low ridership. This and the other midday service had been heavily subsidized by Boulder County – Lyons and the County fought to keep the one remaining midday service which would not be possible without the generous funding from the County’s Transportation Department. In order to keep this service moving forward we need more riders! Make sure you do
your part, get your almost free bus pass ($25) from the Town here and ride the bus to work, to shop or to play. Please note all the other services remain the same. RTD published a new schedule that had one of the evening services removed, this was done in error.
Food Pantry needs items LYONS – Now that summer is here and many people are harvesting their gardens, you might consider offering some of those greens to the Food Pantry, located at the Lyons Community Church basement at 350 Main St. The pantry staff is asking for fresh local produce. For some reason, the pantry is not getting enough fresh produce. The Food Pantry accepts food donations on Wednesday afternoons. Steamboat Mountain Natural Foods, on the corner Continue Briefs on Page 15
My deep thanks and appreciation for the grand honor Saturday of naming the park LaVern M. Johnson Park, and for the beautiful sandstone sign and ceremony. A wonderful day! I am not sure I deserve all those kudos and praises, but I am glad I am still “alive” and “kicking” to enjoy them. It was truly wonderful to have State Representative Jonathan Singer and County Commissioner Deb Gardner present. Through the years they have helped Lyons tremendously and have become true friends. I was thinking of all the long, late-night commissioner meetings I have gone to for the cause of Lyons, and it is really exciting to have such good commissioners and state representatives who know we are here. Thanks Victoria Simonsen, and all speakers; thanks for the corsage, bouquet, cards, cake, the plaques from Teegan Johnson Moore and Team Colorado Whitewater Racing (Kayaking in Lyons); for the town resolution dated May 2, 2016, and the lovely program. Thanks to the contractor Kirsche, Sloan and Dave of the Parks and all who made the wonderful park recovery happen, as well as all others who have helped in any way. True, Connie Sullivan “curled up my collar" for having the mural on the store painted over. I have forgiven her, as she was new to town and did not know the history. I should have paid her a visit, instead of protesting through e-mails. However, through the years, she has become supportive of the Museum and Lyons history, and we thank her.
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LaVern Johnson with Kirk Carlson and Dave Cosgrove, past and present park directors, respectively I had forgotten Julie Van Domelen having to come to the hospital in June of 2009, when I broke my femur bone, to finish the SCFD grant for me. Thanks, you saved the day, plus being a true friend. She was mayor during the most crucial time of the flood and park, as she was in Tunisia on her job for World Bank during the flood. I appreciated Kurt Carlson and Dave Cosgrove telling what they have been through with me, all the grants we applied for and got, and all the park and recreation accomplishments we have made. Many struggles but we made it. To receive the Starburst Award for the park is truly wonderful. Thank you Val Beck-Colorado Lottery Communications Manager, and Go-Colorado for the funding to buy the Hains property and for park recovery, as well as other Go-Colo grants and other grants for Lyons projects in the past as well as future. Thanks to the Town Board members for their support and especially for passing the resolution to change the name last May, and the great program last May, that chair, pictures, Joseph Lekarczyk's song, donated funds for the museum, and more. It is truly humbling! Thanks to Marissa Davis, Arielle Hodgson, Kim Mitchell and Lori LaGault and all others of the town for the beautiful program, cake, and etc., and Kathleen Spring for the history brochure. We have prepared a “History of Meadow Park” booklet, relating all the actions the museum has in its files from 1874 to present, selling for $10, at the town hall and the Lyons Redstone Museum: stop by, or order to Box 9, Lyons, Co. 80540 (include $2 for postage). Thanks to the Wonder Yonder Square Dancers who stayed for three nights and greatly enjoyed the RV court, the program, square dance exhibition, the Good Old Days, and the evening square dance with Dave Guille and LeRoy Shade. Thanks to the museum staff and those who enjoyed the program honoring Aaron Vasquez and Ever Ortiz-Valdez (of the Colard\Tilson family), the 2017 Graduates of Lyons High who are from a pioneer family. And thanks to my family: sons Jerry and Ron, wife Cindy, kids Trevor, Audrey, and Randall, nieces Rosamond Sullivan and Terri Weir, and nephew, Scott Leiding. The 41st Lyons Good Old days was deemed a success and we thank all who helped, and for the publicity. The breakfast by the Oskar Blues cooks and the Lyons Volunteers was a great revival, taking in over $900. Again thanks to all LaVern Johnson
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Art events around the area By MinTze Wu Redstone Review LYONS The Stone Cup Café will show works of Jennifer Hahn through July and August. Hahn refers to her paintings as “landscape allusions” to her Wu faith and her attraction to the beauty in nature. Music lineup for this month includes Harmony and Brad on July 22, Seth Hoffman on July 23, Enion Pelta-Tiller with David Tiller and Jake Schepps on July 26. Special features during the RockyGrass weekend include Thomas Cassel and Colin Hotz on July 28, Ran off the Rooster on July 29, Billy Shaddox on July 30, and Bottle Rocket Hurricane on July 31, and then come Amy Francis’s country, jazz, and blues on August 5, Jay Hodge on August 6, Ben Knighten on August 12, and Jay Stott on August 13. The Stone Table Dinner series continues on July 26, August 9 and 23. The café is located on Fifth Avenue and High Streets. For more information please call 303-823-2345 or visit www.thestonecup.com. Explore Lyons’ unique art with an eclectic Lyons Art Walk on August 12 and 13. Lyons Art Walk is a celebration of local art, designed to support local businesses. The first 100 people who spend at least $15 dollars in any participating business will receive a free Art Walk T-shirt! The Art Walk will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The participating businesses for Lyons Art Walk are Pizza Bar 66, Oskar Blues, Western Stars Gallery and Studio, Metamorphosis Tattoo, St. Vrain Market, Red Canyon Art, and Lyons ReRuns. For more information please visit the Lyons Art Walk Facebook Page. Arts on the River and Sounds of Lyons and will once again join forces on August 27 at the RiverBend for their annual offering of nature, art, and music. As is in the previous years, the event is a fund-raising opportunity that benefits the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commissions and Boulder County Arts Alliance, both of whom are instrumental in the vitality of local artistic community. Sounds of Lyons will collaborate with Sage String Trio, Mayama Movement Studio, professional painters, and participating audiences of all ages in a interactive performance of Mozart’s Divertimento. The musicians include artistic director MinTze Wu on violin, joined by Sounds of Lyons alumni Matthew Danes on viola and Sarah Biber on cello. The painters will include Ben 3 Eagles, Melinda Driscoll, Christine Jarvis, Diane Wood, Allyson Sands, Betsy Huber and Katrina Kruse, Laurey Gildert, Suzanne Lee, Jan Wharton, and Cindi Yaklich, among others. This event is supported by many community-minded artists and individuals, with special thanks to Betsy Burton of Lyons Farmette. The event is from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. on August 27. Sounds of Lyons will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Kutandara Marimba Ensemble will take stage from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Come join us on the glorious celebration of arts and community. For more information please call 303-447-2422. BOULDER The Colorado Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 60th season with The Taming of the Shrew, now through August 13. This zany comedy is set in swinging 1940s New York City on the vibrant streets of Little Italy. Kate, a plucky pilot who has returned from the fray of World War II, and her stubborn match, Petruchio, duke it out in a battle of wits, dance the night away and discover, against all odds, a mutual respect that’s almost like being in love. Shakespeare’s gripping masterpiece Hamlet runs through August 13. Hamlet’s world is ripped apart after one parent’s untimely death and the other’s hasty remarriage, and the young prince’s
“Ties That Bind” by Jennifer Hahn. Hahn’s work is featured at the Stone Cup Café through July and August.
heart and mind wrestle for control in a tormented quest to uncover the truth. Staged for the first time inside the intimate University Theatre, this is Hamlet as you’ve never seen it before. Julius Caesar takes place now through August 12. As Rome’s leader basks in his victory and ignores a series of bad omens, jealous critics conspire to topple his regime, only to find later that their efforts were for naught. Lies, scheming and scandal meet in a spellbinding political thriller that seems all too familiar in today’s polarized times. For ticketing and more information on the season program, please go to cupresents.org. Colorado Music Festival’s 40th Anniversary Season continues with the French mini-festival on July 20 and 21 with Van Cliburn competition medalist Benedetto Lupo and celebrated French-Canadian conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, featuring music by two beloved French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, including both Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G major and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Debussy’s Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un Faune and Iberia, a musical travelogue inspired by the music and culture of Spain. Lupo then shares the stage with CMF musicians to round out this all-French, chamber music program of Debussy and Ravel on July 22. Experience a profound new approach to Gustav Holst’s symphonic powerhouse at the program of The Planets on July 27, the magical, awe-inspiring and timeless musical portrait brought to life with choreographed, visual animation on the big screen! It’s an evening of jazz inspired classics on July 30 including Weill’s Little Threepenny Music,
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Darius Milhaud’s Creation of the World, Gershwin’s Lullaby for Strings, and Joplin’s Two Ragtimes. Plus, former CMF principal clarinetist (current LA Philharmonic principal clarinet) Boris Allakhverdyan stars in Copland’s lyrical and jazz-influenced Clarinet Concerto and Bernstein’s funky, jazzy Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. And finally, Mahler’s Ninth Symphony will be presented on August 3. This symphony has been called “music coming from another world” and “Mahler’s greatest achievement.” On the boundary between the Romantic and the modern eras, it is doubtless one of the most beautiful symphonies in the literature. Colorado Music Festival takes place at the historical Chautauqua Auditorium. For more information please call 303-6650599 or visit www. coloradomusicfestival.org. The Oddest Sea: Greek Gods and Giggles will take place at Chautauqua Picnic Shelter July 22, 23, 29 and 30 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Set sail up the trail with us and encounter gods and goddesses, a cyclops, a whirlpool, a sea-witch, and more in this humorous adaptation of the Greek classic that would please even Zeus himself. Audience and actors meet at the Chautauqua Picnic Shelter and take a moderate hike on the Enchanted Mesa Trail while scenes from the play are performed along the way. Approximate length of the hike is two miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet. Audience members are encouraged to bring camping chairs and/or blankets and mats to sit on while watching the scenes. Tickets are $15 to $20. Chautauqua Picnic Shelter is located on 900 Baseline in Boulder. For ticket and information please contact 303-440-7666 or go to www.chautauqua.com. Peanut Butter Players, Boulder’s premier children’s theatre, announces the opening of NARNIA, a musical based on the C. S. Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, July 20 to 23. Featuring nearly 100 Boulder area young people aged 5 to 18, the performances include elaborate costuming, enchanting music and even a bit of humor in this children's novel, beloved by adults. Performances are at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, located on 1376 Miners Dr., Suite 106 in Lafayette. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12. For tickets please call 303-786-8727 or visit www.peanutbutterplayers.com.
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FOUNDATION Overpopulation has caused an imbalance in the environment By Richard A. Joyce Redstone Review PUEBLO – I have on more than a few occasions written about overpopulation in this column, and in doing so, I have linked Joyce the word to many others that often are overlooked when thinking about the number of humans on Earth. Certainly, overpopulation implies that there may be an ideal population range in which the number of humans on the planet can exist and sustain themselves in terms of food, water, shelter, and energy for heating, cooling, cooking, farming, communication and transportation, relaxation, etc., all in harmony with the other living organisms that must exist to support the human species. So, overpopulation is a condition or state of existence in which our kind has surged in numbers to the point at which we have unbalanced the environment we require in order to sustain us. More people produce a larger and larger human impact that requires more and more effort to maintain, and that maintenance is not without cost. We all feel the monetary cost of maintaining our kind in the prices we pay for everything we own, and in the tax dollars we pay to government to keep up with all the services it provides, including military defense, roads, electricity, social services and myriad other things, among which the legal system and our highway transportation system are highly visible. We pay for all of it, and we know it, though we choose to ignore the whole (because it is literally impossible to comprehend) and focus instead on various parts, such as health care or bridge infrastructure, so we can apply our resources to them in a comprehensible way. Unfortunately, none of these items exists in isolation, and what we do to any of them has multiple effects on other elements connected to it. In most
cases, we can’t see all the dots, much less connect them, and so we exist in an endless debt cycle in which we attempt to compensate for population growth by allocating more resources in the natural world to offsetting growth’s negative effects, in the process creating other negative effects of which we are unaware, but for which we nevertheless will have to pay. Since we already can’t pay for all of this, we have created a system of ever increasing debt to cover the bills. We
and transportation and energy, etc. for every new person, and to pay for it all, scientists have released a study showing an element of the cost we forget to include in our conversations about growing more food, mining more coal, drilling for gas and oil and developing new infrastructure to accommodate all the new humans. What’s forgotten in our conversation is the cost to all non-humans, billions of them, that reside on this rock and make our lives possible. Scientists are well aware
make payments, but the interest has grown so high, we have no hope of reducing the principle, even though scientists keep warning us through solid research that failure to do so will see the debt satisfied only through our payment of the ultimate price. Contrary to what Mr. Trump and many others may believe, there is no art of the deal when it comes to nature. And so as our world population, estimated at 7.5 billion in April and projected to be 11.2 billion by the year 2100, increases, coupled with the drain of natural resources, the absolute need to create jobs and homes
of it, but we and our leaders, sucked into the never-ending cycle of politics and popularity, certainly have. So, here’s a reality check from them. A paper published in May by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America carries this title: “Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines.” The authors, Gerardo Ceballos of the Instituto de Ecologia, Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico, and Paul R. Ehrlich and Rodolfo Dirzo of the Department of Biology at Stanford,
looked at population declines in 27,600 terrestrial vertebrate species, including 177 mammal species. Their findings: “We find that the rate of population loss in terrestrial vertebrates is extremely high – even in “species of low concern.” In our sample, comprising nearly half of known vertebrate species, 32 percent (8,851 / 27,600) are decreasing; that is, they have decreased in population size and range. In the 177 mammals for which we have detailed data, all have lost 30 percent or more of their geographic ranges and more than 40 percent of the species have experienced severe population declines (>80 percent range shrinkage). “Our data indicate that beyond global species extinctions Earth is experiencing a huge episode of population declines and extirpations, which will have negative cascading consequences on ecosystem functioning and services vital to sustaining civilization. We describe this as a ‘biological annihilation’ to highlight the current magnitude of Earth’s ongoing sixth major extinction event. “The loss of biological diversity is one of the most severe human-caused global environmental problems. Hundreds of species and myriad populations are being driven to extinction every year. All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life.” Forget asteroid collisions, epidemics, famine, even nuclear destruction, though all of them may occur before the sixth mass extinction is complete. There is no art of the deal possible here. If drastic changes to our population growth and its attendant appetites are not made very soon, the deal is this: Nature always wins. We will surely lose.
Updates on long-term rentals in ADUs and short-term rentals for tourists COMMENTARY: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LYONS
By Amy Reinholds Redstone Review
LYONS – Just as I was sitting down to write this column, a well researched, thoughtful article was published in Outside magazine, titled “Did Airbnb Kill the Mountain Town?” Writer Tom Vanderbilt describes situations where renters are competing for Reinholds fewer places to live because landlords are cashing in renting short-term vacation lodging to tourists. The article starts with, “The rise of online short-term rentals may be the tipping point that causes idyllic outposts like Crested Butte, Colorado, to lose their middle class altogether – and with it, their soul.” Read the entire article to learn how a wide range of people are affected in Crested Butte, and about similar challenges in Florida, North Carolina, California, and Montana. I am concerned about how both accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and shortterm vacation rentals could affect affordable housing stock in Lyons. Also known as mother-in-law apartments or carriage houses, ADUs are small apartments in either the existing house, a garage, or a separate outbuilding. ADUs are an attempt to add more lower-cost, marketrate rentals for people who work in Lyons,
which in general I feel positive about. As an incentive for homeowners to provide more long-term rentals, the Lyons Board of Trustees approved code changes at the end of 2016 to allow ADUs in separate buildings to share utility connection fees with the main house (saving homeowners thousands of dollars in additional connection fees). I’m watching for results. But short-term vacation rentals might work in the opposite direction, as described in the Outside magazine article, where fewer longer-term rentals are available that people who work in town can afford. Here’s what’s going on in Lyons: The Town of Lyons ADU ordinance prohibits using ADUs for short-term vacation rentals, because the policy is intended to increase the number of lower-cost residential rentals for people who work in town. Homeowners must rent for periods of 30 days or longer (for example, at least a month-to-month lease). You can read the ADU ordinance at www.townoflyons.com/566/AccessoryDwelling-Units. As of July 3, both the Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) and the Board of Trustees have approved conditional-use review plans for three ADUs: a garage
apartment at 427 Stickney St., a garage apartment at 327 Seward St., and a separate 600 square-foot one-bedroom apartment at 600 Indian Lookout Rd., currently an undeveloped parcel where a new home will also be built.
So where are short-term vacation rentals allowed in Lyons, if they are not allowed in ADUs? Right now, in town limits, short-term vacation rentals are not permitted by right on residential (R-1 and R-2) zoned land (neighborhoods where most of us live). Bed and breakfasts with six or fewer units are allowed as a use by right on estate residential and agricultural zoned land, if the homeowners have a business license and the rented units are in the main house. In addition to agricultural and estate zoned land, lodging is also allowed in commercial zoned land. To legally rent rooms as short-term vacation rentals in residential (R-1 or R-2) zones, current town code requires that homeowners apply for a conditional use review Continue Rentals on Page 14
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CREATE Library District gets feedback on new building design By Darcie Sanders Redstone Review LYONS – On June 28, Library District residents gave staff, trustees, and project team members Dennis Humphries (architect), Mary Gulash (interiors), and Jim Anderson (Fransen-Pittman General Contractors) feedback on plans for the new building during a well attended “Next Steps” Open House in the Oskar Blues meeting room. The evening started with a brief update by Humphries on the results of April’s previous “Meet the Architect” Open House. He shared a “word cloud” graphic that revealed the community’s image of what’s important in Lyons. Next came a short Q&A. Attendees wanted to know the timeline. The plan is to break ground in early 2018. Tamara Haddad asked about opportunities for local trades, crafts, and artists. Anderson confirmed that Fransen-Pittman encourages local participation. They will hold a Locals Job Fair this fall. Next, Humphries moved on to gather community input on the latest iteration of the design. Each table in the room featured a schematic floor plan with a focused subject area: Outside Spaces, People Spaces, Senior, Technology, Teen, Children’s, Adult, Community and Meeting Rooms, Sustainability, and Various / Mixed. Special thanks to volunteer table hosts Jan Vermilye (Building Committee), Leslie Reynolds (Friends), and Christina Wells (Friends). Reagan Keeney was a
valuable addition to the Teen Table. Attendees and design team members circulated the room. At the end of the evening, all comments and notes were collected. Here’s a preview of the results: Some responses were quite specific, such as bottle-filler water fountains. Others were more general, such as a café area where it would be okay to talk, eat, and drink. Recurrent themes developed. For example, there was heightened awareness
Another theme was desire for a homey, non-institutional look and feel. The fireplace drew enthusiastic response, as did a quiet reading area, comfortable seating, and booths in the Teen area. Indoor-outdoor spaces in any form generated considerable excitement. Top mentions were the Porch, a plaza off the Community Room, and a small children’s play space. Gardens, sculptures, play features, window seats, and a drive-up book drop were also suggested. Flexibility was a persistent theme. Sometimes this was expressed literally, as in furniture on wheels. Other times flexibility was a functional concept, such as having quiet and noisy areas, or rooms capable of changing size and purpose according to needs. Time and access were also flexible, via the Porch and the Community Room being available for “after-hours” use. The large Community Left to right: Architect Dennis Humphries, Sandy Banta, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen,and interior designer Room and smaller Meeting Rooms were discussion Mary Gulash at the “Next Steps” Open House at Oskar hotspots. People wanted to Blues on June 28. PHOTO BY CATHY RIVERS use these areas for many of modern technology needs. Comments things: classes, theater, music, cinema, ranged from making sure that there were talks, dance, meetings, clubs, events, craft adequate outlets building-wide to equip- workshops, art workshops, exhibits, book ping meeting rooms with smart screens. groups, photography, tutoring, film-makHaving robust wi-fi available 24/7 ing, and gaming. Topics included noise through the public Porch met with favor. control, green rooms, sight lines, exhibit
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cases, permanent and temporary stages, active screens, bleachers, and even a small catering kitchen. Considering the variety and nature of the feedback, some of the requests might be rather simple to implement. For example, the fireplace – which everybody loved – is in! (By the way, if you are interested in naming rights to that fireplace, please contact Connie Eyster of the Library Foundation at email@example.com.) Some suggestions – such as the by-nowiconic request for a Lyons pool – might be harder to reconcile, given the programmatic, budget, and site constraints. Others might be (at least at first look) mutually exclusive. For example, one suggestion was to enlarge the Community Room by making the Lobby smaller. Another was to accommodate a cafe by making the Lobby larger. Seemingly impossible, right? Not necessarily. By re-configuring the bathrooms and moving a closet, it may indeed be possible to make the Community Room larger and also add cafe-type functionality. At this point, everything is getting its due diligence consideration, except perhaps the pool. (So sorry, pool people. But moisture and books are just never a good combination.) Stay tuned – together, we can create an incredible new amenity to benefit the entire community. Darcie Sanders serves on the Board of the Lyons Regional Library District. Previously she represented Lyons on the Boulder County SCFD (Science & Cultural Facilities District) Committee and was co-founder (with Baiba Lennard) of the Lyons Middle School MESA program.
Hopelight offers help to people in the Lyons area who need medical services By Alyssa Novak Redstone Review
to accommodate the growing number of attendees. Cardio and Healthy Habits classes cater to adults who are dedicated to gaining better health. The fitLONGMONT – Hopelight Clinic in Longmont ness program also has family outings such as bike would like to assist the community of Lyons and rides, nature hikes, and walking challenges. Classes outlying areas by providing medical care to its resi- are now held throughout the week with many new dents. With the closing of the local clinic many res- classes and challenges in the works. idents are concerned about the distance to affordMental health is just now becoming more in the able primary physicians, lab services, pharmacy, spotlight but awareness and services are growing. behavior health services, and fitness classes. Hopelight Behavioral Health is the fastest growing Hopelight Clinic is offering a shuttle service to and branch of the Hopelight family. Services range from from Lyons to the clinic for counseling services to Applied appointments at the medical Behavior Analysis or ABA or behavioral health clinic. therapy for children with Transportation services will Autism Spectrum Disorder, be provided by Hopelight behavioral disabilities, or Clinic volunteers and service developmental disabilities. to the Lyon’s area will begin Starting in September mid-August. Hopelight Behavioral Health Hopelight started as a will be hosting the Robert D. medical clinic with Dr. Steve Sutherland Seminar Series on Haskew as the medical direcbipolar disorder. This eighttor and Anne Haskew, Dr. part series covers in-depth Haskew’s wife, as the Dr. Steve Haskew and his wife Anne start- topics designed for adults with Nursing Director. The ed the Hopelight Clinic in Longmont to pro- bipolar disorder, their family Haskews are from Lyons. vide low cost medical and mental health care and friends who want to supWhen the clinic started it to those in the community who would other- port and understand them, was open just one day a week wise go without. They are now offering mental health professionals, but it had to expand quickly shuttle service from Lyons. and anyone who wants to betto four days a week as the ter comprehend the complicaneeds of the community required more services. tions, challenges and implications of the illness. This Hopelight now operates a drugstore with most seminar is free but donations are greatly appreciated. items costing around a dollar. There is an on-site Hopelight also has educational programs for all pharmacy to dispense most, non-narcotic, medica- ages. Classes on managing diabetes occur frequenttions. A laboratory is also located at the clinic, ly. CPR classes are also offered at Hopelight or at which is capable of drawing blood and other spec- locations near you. These classes are teaching imens and either running tests in the lab or send- important life-saving techniques that will benefit ing out to a larger lab for minimal cost if necessary. everyone and are open to all who want to help Hopelight Fitness classes have been growing make a difference. The education department has together with the medical clinic. Doctors were rec- tutoring sessions for school-age children starting in ommending senior yoga classes to patients to help the fall as well as art and music classes. Many of the with flexibility and strength building. Patients were classes for children occur at the same time as the seeing positive results and more classes were added Continue Hopelight on Page 15
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CONCEPTS Is your dog limping? Check for canine cruciate ligament disease By Kristin Freund, DVM Redstone Review LONGMONT – Hindlimb lameness is a common occurrence in dogs. The most common cause of hindlimb lameness in dogs is cranial cruciate ligament disease. Dogs, just like people, have two ligaments that reside within the center of the stifle (knee) joint. One ligament originates from the caudal (posterior in humans) aspect of the femur and inserts on the cranial (anterior) aspect of the tibia – this is the cranial cruciate ligament (the “ACL” in people). The other ligament, the caudal crucial ligament, runs in the opposite direction – from the cranial aspect of the femur to the caudal aspect of the tibia. These ligaments cross in the center; hence, we call them the cruciate ligaments. These two ligaments allow the knee to act as a hinge joint, but prevent forward and backward sliding motions. Rupture of the cruciate ligament in people is often due to a traumatic event – think sports players and skiers. While traumatic rupture can occur in dogs, this is highly uncommon and is frequently the result of a massive impact that ruptures multiple ligaments at once – think hit by a car. The most common cause of canine cruciate disease is actually unknown. The end result, however, is a very predictable slow tearing of the fibers of the cranial cruciate ligament. As these fibers tear, the knee becomes more unstable and painful. Therefore, it is not uncommon for dogs to have an intermittent lameness. Once the cranial cruciate ligament starts to tear, it will continue to tear regardless of activity restrictions or medications. Often, owners report a seemingly minor traumatic event, such as running after a squirrel, which results in persistent lameness as the remaining fibers of the ligament are torn. The instability from the loss of the ligament results in pain (seen as lameness), and
the onset of osteoarthritis. Once the cranial cruciate ligament is torn, dogs are also at an increased risk for also damaging their meniscus. There are two menisci within the knee. These are Cshaped cartilaginous structures that act as cushions in the stifle and often result in a marked pain response once
damaged. Unfortunately, a large proportion of dogs will go on to tear their cranial cruciate ligament on their opposite stifle within a year or two of their first. Again, if this is going to happen, it will happen regardless of activity restrictions or medications. Diagnosis of cruciate ligament damage in people is often made via advanced imaging such as MRI. In dogs, MRI requires general anesthesia, and therefore the added risk and expense often excludes this diagnostic modality for cruciate ligament disease. However, your veterinarian can assess your dog for instability of the stifle based on the physical examination, as well as looking for evidence of cruciate disease sequelae on radiographs (x-rays). The combination of an unstable stifle, as well as swelling within the stifle and signs
Don’t birdnap that wild baby bird By Laura Burfield Redstone Review LONGMONT – “There’s a baby bird on the ground that can’t fly! Can I bring it to Greenwood?” This is a common and Burfield panicked introduction to calls we receive this time of year at Greenwood. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team of Animal Care Liaisons provides guidance over the phone by asking lots of questions to determine whether the bird actually needs help: Is the bird fully feathered? Does she have very short tail feathers or any tail feathers at all? Have you seen adult birds paying attention to and communicating with the bird? Are there any signs of obvious injury? Sometimes perfectly healthy fledglings are brought to us at Greenwood simply because well meaning rescuers aren’t aware that finding a healthy young bird on the ground may be totally normal. We call this “birdnapping” and do everything we can to prevent it. A wild baby’s best chance for survival is always by being cared for by her parents. Many species of birds, especially those common to our urban and suburban neighborhoods, involve a stage of devel-
opment in which young, fully-feathered birds leave the nest before they can fly and then spend seven to ten days on the ground. During this time, they are called fledglings. They may be seen hopping around, fluttering in place or getting a little lift, or just sitting upright looking adorably bright and grumpy-faced. Fledglings either leave the nest on their own or are pushed out by parents when they become big enough. During this seven-to-ten-day window, they are growing out their tail feathers and building up flight muscle strength. It’s absolutely normal to see grounded fledglings that aren’t yet able to fully fly. It’s important to remember that a fledgling bird is still being cared for by her parents. They keep a watchful eye on her while she’s on the ground, feed her, and defend her from predators. By watching her parents come and go, she eventually works out on her own how to fly and takes flight as instinct takes over. You can help her and her wild parents by leaving her undisturbed. Do not attempt
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to give her any food or water. If you’re unsure if the parents are feeding her, you can conduct what is known as the poop test. Place some paper towels or newspaper on the ground underneath her and check back in an hour. (It’s a myth that you can’t touch baby birds. Wear gloves for your safety but her parents will never know you’ve touched her.) If there’s poop on the paper that has both light and dark colors in it, her parents are on the scene
and you’ve nothing to worry about. Poop coming out means food is going in. As always, it’s best for all of our wild neighbors, but especially young ones, to keep cats inside and dogs supervised. What can you do to prevent birdnapping? Please call us first before doing anything. We’ll talk you through the situa-
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of osteoarthritis, all indicate a torn cruciate ligament. Then, definitive diagnosis is often made at surgery. Treatment recommendations for cranial cruciate ligament rupture largely involve surgery. There are some small toy-sized dogs and cats that can recover with physical therapy and medical management alone. However, for the vast majority of dogs, surgery is the best treatment option to stabilize the knee. The goal of stabilizing the knee is to eliminate the pain from an unstable stifle, as well as reduce the progression of osteoarthritis. There are two main categories of surgeries: those that mimic the ligament, and those that involve cutting the bone to change the physics such that the ligament is no longer needed. Talk with your veterinary orthopedic surgeon about which surgery is right for your dog and to find out more details about your options. After recovering from surgery, treatment goals aim to regain function and reduce the advancement of osteoarthritis. Physical therapy, slow controlled leash walks, and low-impact activities such as swimming are often beneficial for these patients. Osteoarthritis management further focuses on achieving and maintaining a lean body weight, pain management, and nutraceuticals. Is your dog limping? Talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s lameness to see if they too are suffering from cranial cruciate ligament disease.
cally designed to re-engage adults in the educational system and prepare them for post-secondary education and the workforce. Boulder Public Library is one of only seven libraries in the state partnering with the Colorado State Library and Cengage Learning to offer this unique opportunity. Currently, more than 5,000 adults in Boulder County lack a high school degree or equivalent credential. “Earning a high school diploma transforms lives; it opens doors to educational and career options that
tion and maybe ask you to send us photos of the bird just to be extra sure. Together, we’ll investigate your observations to make sure that the babe is healthy and uninjured. If she’s not, we will instruct you on the best way to provide care until you can bring her to Greenwood for rehabilitation. Many wild babies, avian and otherwise, are on the ground during the summer months where they are learning the skills they need to survive while quickly proceeding through their stages of development. You can be an ally to these young wild ones by always calling us with your questions and concerns. We care for thousands of animals each year at our facility, but we also care for many more by providing wildlife guidance over the phone. This service is especially impactful when it comes to preventing birdnapping and in reuniting young wildlife that have become separated from parents. We endeavor to keep healthy babies with their parents so that we may dedicate our limited resources to true orphans and other wildlife in distress. This service is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 365 days a year, including holidays, because wild ones don’t take days off. Laura Burfield is a seasonal staff member and volunteer at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She lives in Pinewood Springs with her husband and wild neighbors.
empower adults to support themselves and their families,” said Shelley Sullivan, BoulderReads manager at Boulder Public Library. Boulder Public Library currently has 25 Career Online High School scholarships for Boulder County residents age 19 and over. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Students can graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program. More details about Career Online High School at Boulder Public Library are available at: boulderlibrary.org / cohs. For more information or questions, please contact 303-441-3142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTENT Denis Johnson’s brilliance gone but not forgotten By Andi Pearson Redstone Review LYONS – Author Denis Johnson died May 24 at age 67. The son of a U.S. diplomat, he was born in Germany and grew up living in several different countries. For most of his 20s and early 30s, Johnson Pearson was addicted to alcohol and drugs. He smoked tobacco and other substances and shot heroin and lived on the streets. Much of his writing reflects those times and the characters he met, did drugs with, got into fights with, saw get shot and sometimes watched die. He represented his gritty, on-the-street style of life in rugged, sometimes hard to read prose; language as disjointed and conflicted as the adventures he writes about. He could also write of the metaphysical world where some of his characters went to escape the harshness of the lives they were leading, and his beautifully drawn images linger long after the reading of his work is complete. If you want to sample the brilliance that was Denis Johnson, just pick up Jesus’ Son and open it to any one of the 11 short stories, each told in the voice of someone
addicted to heroin. Start with the first one, Car While Crash Hitchhiking, and read, “The travelling salesman had fed me pills that made the linings of my veins feel scraped out. My jaw ached. I knew every raindrop by its name. I sensed everything before it happened.” Or go on to Dirty Wedding – “Think of being curled up and floating in a darkness. Even if you could think, even if you had an imagination, would you ever imagine its opposite . . . ? And if the darkness just got darker? And then you were dead?” Tree of Smoke won the National Book Award in 2007 and focuses on Francis X. Sands, a retired Air Force colonel
and war hero, now a CIA official in Southeast Asia. Told by his nephew, the story is set in the time of the Viet Nam war and the horrors soldiers faced. “War is 90 percent myth anyway, isn’t it? In order to prosecute our own wars we raise them to the level of human sacrifice, don’t we, and we constantly invoke our God. It’s got to be about something bigger than dying, or we’d all turn deserter.” Or read Train Dreams, which was part of a three-way tie for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2011, and see Robert Grainier navigate the American West at the start of the 20th century. Grainier is a laborer and the loss of his wife sends his thoughts into a magical dream-world sphere where he tries to make sense of the changes taking place in the country and in his life. “Now he slept soundly through the nights, and often he dreamed of trains, and often of one particular train: He was on it; he could smell the coal smoke; a world went by. And then he was standing in that world as the sound of the train died away. “ Johnson was a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was a brilliant writer and a bit of an enigma. At various times, I read, he lived on a multi-acre ranch in Idaho, or in Chicago or maybe Texas. As it turns out, he did live in Idaho for a while before moving from Arizona to California with Cindy Lee, his third wife. He died in in Gualala, California.
Zacusca – Vegan Summer Appetizer By Catherine Metzger Redstone Review It’s easier to go vegan in the summer, when fruits and vegetables abound. Zacusca (zuh-koos-kuh) is the perfect versatile summer vegan appetizer. We use roasted eggplant and red peppers, tomatoes and golden brown onions to create a mouth-watering spread on artisanal toast or as a layer in vegetarian or vegan lasagna. I got this recipe from my Romanian mother-in-law, Elena Anastasis, who is an amazing cook, and its wonderful flavors have held up over the years. This is a recipe that you need to adjust to your taste, specifically with the addition of the tomato paste and sugar. Zacusca 2 medium eggplants 4 red peppers 2 1/4 C fresh or canned tomatoes 1 medium onion (I used sweet onion) 1/4 C olive oil 6 – 8 oz tomato paste 1 T sugar or to taste Salt to taste
• Roast the eggplants and peppers. This is easily done using your gas grill. Set the flame to high and close the lid for 3 to 5 minutes until the interior is good and hot. Place the vegetable on the grids and shut the lid. Turn the veggies every 5 minutes or so until the skins are evenly charred. Place the vegetables in a brown grocery bag and close it tightly, or place in a large bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. When cool, peel the charred skins from the vegetables. • Finely chop the eggplants and peppers and set them aside together. • Skin the tomatoes using the boiling water / ice bath plunge method. Bring water to a rolling boil in a deep saucepan. Cut the cores from the tomatoes. Drop them into the boiling water for one minute, remove with a slotted spoon and drop into a bowl of ice water. The skins will split and slide off easily. If using canned tomatoes, you can skip this step. • Finely chop the tomatoes and set aside. • Finely chop the onion and brown it in the olive oil over medium heat. • Add the tomato paste and the tomatoes
Simple ingredients and simple preparation yield this delicious, versatile summer dish. Use it as a spread on crunchy bread or as a pasta sauce. to the onion mixture and cook five minutes over medium heat. Add the chopped eggplants and peppers and continue to cook, stirring frequently for another five minutes. Add sugar and salt to taste and continue to cook until thickened. • Let cool and seal well in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated. Catherine Ripley Metzger has been cooking
professionally and privately since 1979. She was a French cuisine journeyman at the celebrated Henri d’Afrique restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Today she is the proprietor of the food blog www.foodfortheages.com, and Facebook.com/Food for the Ages. Though she cooks every day in a tiny kitchen with a two-burner stove, her recipes are expansive and she dedicates her craft to living large by cooking well in tiny kitchens.
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Rentals Continued from Page 10 as a bed and breakfast, with several steps and public hearings before the PCDC and the Board of Trustees. But no homeowners in residential zones have applied for this kind of conditional use review. However, a new, proposed short-term vacation rental ordinance that the PCDC and town planning staff are working on would also allow some short-term vacation rental use by right in residential zones (R-1 and R-2) in the Town of Lyons. To give residential property owners a break, the PCDC looked into simplifying town policy to allow renting rooms or suites in a house in a residential zone where the owner lives, to only one party at a time, with limited number of people in that party. The use would be less than a bed and breakfast, and no conditional use review process would be required. However, homeowners would be required to get a short-term vacation rental business license (similar in cost to other Town of Lyons business licenses) and comply with safety-based requirements such as fire inspections. Public hearings
materials fee includes Tunisian crochet hook and cotton yarn from Wool and the Gang. Prior knowledge of knitting or crochet is preferred. Spinning: Learn the age-old craft of hand spinning fiber into yarn in this fun class taught by Jaime Jennings. Learn to spin wool roving into a rustic yarn on a drop spindle, a simple, portable tool that originated thousands of years ago. Connect with your ancestors while learning this relaxing and meditative craft. The materials fee includes a drop spindle and two ounces locally-sourced roving grown at the Lyons Farmette. Steeking Knits: Have you ever wanted to knit in a cardigan in the round, or cut your knitting? Steeking is for you! In this class we will make a one or two color mug knit in the round, steeked flat. We will use a crochet steek technique and
about these changes to town code are expected August 14 for the PCDC and, depending on the PCDC recommendations, as early as August 21 for the Board of Trustees. By the way, people who own homes outside Lyons town limits are subject to the regulations for their county (Boulder or Larimer). I only covered Town of Lyons policies in my column this month. It’s also important to know that some homeowner’s associations have more restrictive rules than Town of Lyons ordinances and might prohibit short-term vacation rentals or even ADUs that are rented out to long-term tenants. This column is a monthly commentary (opinion column) in the Redstone Review about affordable housing after the 2013 flood disaster in Lyons. If you have any questions, comments, or complaints about this column, contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Town of Lyons lost a total of about 70 flood-destroyed homes to both the federal buyout programs (including one buy out of a mobile home park) and to the changed use of a second mobile home park property to an event
discuss sewn steeks. Students will need to be familiar with knitting small circumferences in the round and color work (if using two colors). See full materials list on the Farmette website. The $12 materials fee includes two small balls of Lopi, and a pattern and crochet hook. To enhance your experience at Wool Day, the Farmette will be offering a popup shop to sell skeins of alpaca yarn, locally sourced from the recently sheered Farmette alpacas. Various colors include white, tan, brown, black and rose-grey, and are priced at $20 to $25. At the end of the afternoon classes, all participants are invited to stick around the farm for an intimate cocktail hour with the alpacas, including the two new baby cria, Essie and Ande. For more information on Wool Day, and to learn about other class offerings and farm dinners hosted by the Lyons Farmette, visit www.lyonsfarmette.com.
venue (rezoned for commercial use). In March 2015, a proposal for subsidized, affordable Boulder County Housing Authority rentals and some Habitat for Humanity for-sale affordable homes (a total of 50 to 70 units) in 5 to 7 acres of Bohn Park was voted down 614 to 498 in a special Town of Lyons election. At the end of 2016, Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley purchased six residential lots at Second Avenue and Park in Lyons, to build six permanently affordable homes (three duplexes). For history of post-flood efforts for affordable housing in Lyons, read previous columns posted at lyonscoloradonews.wordpress.com. Amy Reinholds served on the Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force from December 2013 through its end in February 2015. She is currently a member of the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission and served as a liaison to the Special Housing Committee during its existence from April 2015-April 2016. She has lived in Lyons since 2003 and in the surrounding Lyons area since 1995.
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Town Continued from Page 1 come back next year. About 8 percent of the attendees came from over 200 miles away. The three biggest reasons that people attended the events were to hear the music, drink beer and to help the town. The total cost of the games and the Burning Can events was $160,000, which is twice as much as last year although the attendance was much higher this summer. The Outdoor Games plus Burning Can lost about $10,000, about the same amount as they lost last year. Kravetz point out that his staff did not have much time to promote the events or to gather sponsors for the event. He said that Adventure Fit would like to run the Outdoor Games event next year and would have more time to promote it. The town board agreed and seemed to feel that the events were moving closer to making a Chuck Wing, left, presents a check to John Lovell, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity, on June 30. Chuck and Chris Wing, co-owners of Lyons Automotive Repair, organize and sponsor a car show every year during Good Old Days with all registration fees and donations benefitting a local charitable organization. This year Habitat for Humanity of the St Vrain Valley received a check for a little over $1300 to help with the six houses they will be building in Lyons.
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of Fifth Avenue and High Street, will accept food donations for the Food Pantry on Tuesdays. The Food Pantry is asking for healthy snacks for kids. The volunteers hand out bags of snacks for kids for an after-school snack when families come into the Food Pantry. Some examples are juice boxes, Horizon milk, puddings, crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, pretzels, baked chips, etc. Cleaning products, soap, hand lotion, paper products and all non-food items are always needed at the pantry because these items cannot be purchased with food stamps. The
Hopelight Continued from Page 11 Hopelight Fitness classes which would allow parents to get fit with physical activity while kids get their creativity flowing. The clinic is more than just medical care. It is a family of programs run by people who care about taking care of others. Our volunteers and staff came to Hopelight because they wanted to help others; they stay because
pantry also needs assorted soups and canned fruit. The Food Pantry helps over 40 families a week. Information on the Food Pantry is located on the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) website.
Left Hand Outdoor Challenge now accepting applications for teens BOULDER – The Left Hand Outdoor Challenge (LHOC) is now accepting applications for its sixth season. This free program is designed for Boulder County-area teens ages 14 to 18 and seeks to teach about various careers in natural resources as well as to develop new outdoor skills. The upcoming LHOC season will span from September 2017 to May 2018 and par-
profit than they were last year. “Losing $10,000 on $160,000 is much better than losing $10,000 on $80,000,” said Mayor Sullivan. Aaron Caplan from the Utilities and Engineering Board gave an update to the town board. He said that the UEB wants to look at the rate structure for net metering, but that might be farther out. He said that the board wants to get the new meters out soon and told the board that it might be beneficial to look at renewable energy. The UEB also voted to create a storm water utility. “We have examples of other cities that have created a storm water utility,” said Caplan. On topic of the budget, Mayor Sullivan said that rather than have workshops on each aspect of the budget for next year, she wants to change the policy and have the staff do most of the work on the budget after the trustees set the priorities for the staff. they believe in what they do and are dedicated to making total-body health affordable for everyone regardless of their ability to pay or if they have insurance. With the increasing healthcare costs and an unknown future of insurance programs residents in Boulder County and its surrounding counties need resources that are affordable or free. Hopelight is in place to provide just that and we want to extend that offer of help and services to all of Lyons and its surrounding communities.
ticipation consists of attending one Wednesday evening meeting and one full day Saturday challenge per month. For the upcoming 2017/2018 season LHOC participants will be able to engage in the following activities: • September: Campout and Outdoor Skills Workshop • October: Rock Climbing • November: Volunteer Project • December: Ranger Skills and Defensive Tactics • January: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Challenge • February: Winter Survival • March: Wildlife Interaction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife • April: Mountain Biking Skills and Trail
Building • May: Outdoor Skills Triathlon The program has received awards from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education for best new environmental program, the National Association of Counties Achievement Award for Children and Youth, and a Boulder County Pinnacle Award from the Board of County Commissioners. For more information and to apply, visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/challenge, contact Park Ranger Sarah Andrews at 720-261-2495, or email LHOC@bouldercounty.org. To check out photos and challenges from past years, go to the Left Hand Outdoor Challenge Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/lefthandchallenge.
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